Chevalier

War Horses Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
238 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2022
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Author Biography


Scott Warren has been a submariner, a helicopter pilot, an international instructor, and a writer. He now lives in Maryland with his wife and their two cats, Lady and Darling. While his day job takes him around the world, sometimes in the most austere of conditions, he’s never far from a manuscript in progress.

An independent author, Scott is best known for his Science Fiction series: The Union Earth Privateers, which details the missions of Victoria Marin and the crew of the Condor in an overcrowded and daunting galaxy. His narrative style is tight, efficient, witty, and gripping. Scott is also a compelling fantasy author. With books like The Dragon's Banker, he introduces modern concepts to classic settings to subvert common tropes with what ifs that delight and entertain readers while paying homage to the authors that inspired him.

For writing updates, you can follow Scott Warren on Twitter, by subscribing to @scottwarrenscd or visiting facebook.com/scottwarrenscd

    Book Review

Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite

Chevalier: War Horses Book 1 by Scott Warren is the beginning of a new military science fiction series. The weapons of choice in this futuristic world are Upright Battle Tanks, giant fighting machines that walk on mechanical legs and shoot missiles with lethal arms. The men and women inside the uprights are the focus of this story. They are a ragtag group of tough-as-nails jockeys who routinely put their lives in danger to hold back the forces of evil. Rande Vandal, the main character, starts out as a lowly mechanic for the uprights, but ends up being called upon to step into a jockey’s role after a devastating attack from enemy forces. The story follows Vandal as he learns the ropes of piloting the temperamental uprights while also learning the rules of combat. The practice of simulated battles lasts for only a short time before a real live threat appears and suddenly Vandal is thrust into a life and death situation.

Although Chevalier: War Horses is set in the future, the story structure leans heavily on the lingo and tactics of modern-day warfare. One glance at author Scott Warren’s biography confirms he knows his stuff. He uses his extensive military background to give this book a uniquely authentic feel. Even though his characters are sitting in war machines that don’t yet exist, Mr. Warren makes the uprights feel as real as a fighter jet in a Top Gun movie. He uses military phrases, technical specs, and tactical capabilities that will feel very familiar to anyone who has been in the military, or anyone who enjoys reading and watching military dramas. Couple this kind of real-world grounding with a cast of solid characters, and you’ve got an exceptional sci-fi story. If Chevalier is any indication, the War Horses series promises to be a showcase for great storytelling, involving endearing heroes, cool weaponry, and epic battles.

K.C. Finn

Chevalier is a work of fiction in the science fiction and action subgenres. It is intended for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Scott Warren as the first installment of the War Horses series. In this thrilling futuristic war novel, we meet our protagonist Rande ‘Vandal’ VanDelle, who believes that his position as a tank mechanic will offer him a quieter life in the field of battle. So when the threat of fellow soldiers defecting is suddenly combined with Vandal being assigned the oldest upright tank of the company to contend with, the stakes are suddenly far higher than they’ve ever been before.

The “upright tank” is an interesting concept that I’ve seen in a lot of different science fiction media, but I especially enjoyed the depth that author Scott Warren gives this wacky and unpredictable contraption to make a really challenging and exciting dynamic for a war story. The craftsmanship around Vandal offers a lot of realism to the character, showcasing his flaws and mistakes in some spectacular and harrowing moments, as well as the grit and determination that he possesses to keep chasing victory and survival. Walking this fine line in the narrative structure is no mean feat, but Warren manages it beautifully with skillful dialogue that undercuts the more serious overtones of the overarching war story. When this is overlaid with the gorgeously cinematic and politically complex science fiction worldbuilding, a triumphant series opener is born, and I’d heartily recommend Chevalier to fans of military and action-packed sci-fi novels everywhere.

Kimberlee J Benart

Chevalier by Scott Warren is the first book in his War Horses science fiction series. Set on the planet Tyunta, it introduces a talented and devoted young maintenance operative nicknamed Vandal who is a tank mechanic in the Chevaliers Private Cavalry. The Chevaliers are a mercenary unit providing security on the planet, which is caught in a power struggle between two rival forces. Their upright tanks are powerful weapons piloted by a human “jockey” through a nerve-intercept interface. Vandal has no wish to leave the maintenance bay and become a jockey but is forced into that role. With limited simulator training and assigned the oldest upright tank in the inventory, Vandal finds himself in combat facing an overwhelming enemy attack with larger and more powerful weapons. Will he survive?

In Chevalier, Scott Warren gives us an exciting action-packed tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The narrative is highly descriptive and moves smoothly through the stirring plot. You’ll see, smell, and taste the action. The characters are well developed and relatable. Told in the first person, the plot unfolds through Vandal’s eyes, but other characters play major roles in his adventure, and the combat scenes are thrilling. I appreciated two themes that Warren develops throughout the story: one is the issue of war through the eyes of a mercenary who may fight an enemy one day but for whom he may work later, while the other is the deeply felt devotion someone can have for his or her craft or trade. I look forward to Book 2.